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Modern Instrumental Music

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:12 am
by SlappyPsycho
Hi, I’ve listened to most of the classical (By classical I mean all unstrumental before 1960) music and I've really enjoyed much of it (Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms [although I could have more of him] etc...) but lately I've become really interested in Modern Instrumental Music, mostly from movie's. There is truly some beautiful music from our time, (Hans Zimmer I think is a fine example), but I am curious if there is something I am missing. In fact I KNOW I am missing some. The problem is that they are unpopular and often not acknowledged, so I need your help!

I would like you to write out some modern instrumental music that is beautiful, epic, or relaxing. I have some Hans Zimmer, I have everything by Ludovico Einaudi, Rob Dougan. I have also fell in love with Mansell's Lux Aeterna (check it out).

Thanks

Re: Modern Instrumental Music

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:47 am
by karlhenning
Hi, Slappy.
SlappyPsycho wrote:Hi, I’ve listened to most of the classical (By classical I mean all unstrumental before 1960) music and I've really enjoyed much of it (Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms [although I could have more of him] etc...) but lately I've become really interested in Modern Instrumental Music, mostly from movie's. There is truly some beautiful music from our time, (Hans Zimmer I think is a fine example), but I am curious if there is something I am missing. In fact I KNOW I am missing some. The problem is that they are unpopular and often not acknowledged, so I need your help!

I would like you to write out some modern instrumental music that is beautiful, epic, or relaxing. I have some Hans Zimmer, I have everything by Ludovico Einaudi, Rob Dougan. I have also fell in love with Mansell's Lux Aeterna (check it out).
Is the Lux Aeterna an instrumental piece, not a choral setting? Just curious.

Welcome!

Cheers,
~Karl

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:30 pm
by Arnstein
Bernard Herrmann was a GREAT composer of film music! He composed the well-known Psycho soundtrack and the Taxi Driver soundtrack! Check out his music!

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:35 pm
by hautbois
Check out Hermann's Vertigo for that beautiful Tristan like Love theme which appears everytime Madeleine the main female character appears. Ennio Morricone is another composer not to be missed!!!!!!

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:21 pm
by Corlyss_D
Arnstein wrote:Bernard Herrmann was a GREAT composer of film music! He composed the well-known Psycho soundtrack and the Taxi Driver soundtrack! Check out his music!
Amen to that! In fact, hang on a mo' . . . .

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:56 pm
by SlappyPsycho
Lux Aeterna is the non-vocals version only instruments, only string maybe even.

Thanks alot! Keep them comming!

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:24 pm
by soylentgreen
You may want to take a gander at Alan Hovanhess. He floats between tonal and atonal at times, but his music is very vivid and, from my point of view, very accessible for a late modern composer.

Also, take a listen, if you can to the soundtrack album from COSMOS(the Sagan series). It has little doses of modern composers(inculding electronic pioneers like Larry Fast). You may spot something appealing.

As far as film composers, check out Elliot Goldenthal. While quiet mainstream, his music can really cross heavily into modern classical areas. ALIEN 3, INTEVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE...even his BATMAN stuff is surprisingly unconventional.

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:03 pm
by RebLem
Well, of course, you have to start with Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky. Gershwin's American in Paris, too, and then the music of Miklos Rozsa, a film composer par excellence who was also a fine composer of much purely instrumental music.

Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 3:27 am
by burnitdown
hautbois wrote:Ennio Morricone is another composer not to be missed!!!!!!
He's quite creative. Not sure I could get into Hans Zimmer -- too many lifts of more qualified artists.